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Holocaust Representation: Art within the Limits of History and Ethics [Hardcover]

By Berel Lang (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.86" Width: 5.86" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.76 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 9, 2000
Publisher   The Johns Hopkins University Press
Age  22
ISBN  0801864151  
EAN  9780801864155  

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Since Theodor Adorno's attack on the writing of poetry "after Auschwitz," artists and theorists have faced the problem of reconciling the moral enormity of the Nazi genocide with the artist's search for creative freedom. In "Holocaust Representation, " Berel Lang addresses the relation between ethics and art in the context of contemporary discussions of the Holocaust. Are certain aesthetic means or genres "out of bounds" for the Holocaust? To what extent should artists be constrained by the "actuality" of history--and is the Holocaust unique in raising these problems of representation?

The dynamics between artistic form and content generally hold even more intensely, Lang argues, when art's subject has the moral weight of an event like the Holocaust. As authors reach beyond the standard conventions for more adequate means of representation, Holocaust writings frequently display a blurring of genres. The same impulse manifests itself in repeated claims of "historical" as well as artistic authenticity. Informing Lang's discussion are the recent conflicts about the truth-status of Benjamin Wilkomirski's "memoir" "Fragments" and the comic fantasy of Roberto Benigni's film "Life Is Beautiful." Lang views Holocaust representation as limited by a combination of ethical and historical constraints. As art that violates such constraints often lapses into sentimentality or melodrama, cliche or kitsch, this becomes all the more objectionable when its subject is moral enormity. At an extreme, all Holocaust representation must face the test of whether its referent would not be more authentically expressed by silence--that is, by the absence of representation.

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Berel Lang is a professor of humanities at Trinity College. His many books include Writing and the Moral Self, Mind's Bodies: Thought in the Act, Heidegger's Silence, and Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide.

Berel Lang currently resides in the state of Connecticut. Berel Lang has an academic affiliation as follows - Wesleyan University Trinity College, Hartford Trinity College, Hartfor.

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